Adult Cat with VolunteerSurrendering Animals

Surrender fees do apply and vary from $25-$60 depending on the species. To learn more about fees associated with surrendering farm animals, please call 650-340-7022 ext. 339.

Surrenders do take time and a client should be prepared to spend time at the shelter for this request.

Owners sometimes have to give up their animals. If a San Mateo County resident has exhausted every option for keeping or re-homing their pet, they can bring their pet to PHS/SPCA’s facility at 12 Airport Blvd, San Mateo (at Coyote Point). We collect a surrender fee but that fee, like others, is set by San Mateo County and forwarded to the County — not kept by PHS/SPCA. As an open-door shelter, PHS/SPCA accepts all animals brought to us, regardless of age, breed or size.

We are direct and honest when people surrender their pets to us. We evaluate each animal and take into consideration the animal’s age, temperament, behavior and health in order to determine which animals will be made available for adoption. Sometimes animals surrendered to us may have severe medical or behavioral conditions that render them unadoptable. For these animals, humane euthanasia is the only reasonable option.

Since January 2003, we’ve adopted 100% of the healthy (physically, behaviorally and, for kittens, fully-weaned) dogs and cats in our care. If you have questions about surrendering your pet to PHS/SPCA, please contact our Receiving Department at 650-340-7022 ext. 339 or visit in person during open hours.

For more information about surrendering kittens, please click one of the following links: English or Spanish.

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